Annual Feast of St. Joseph the Worker celebrated at Oblates of St. Joseph

By Tony Callaio - For Sunday Dispatch
Rev. Fr. Joseph Sibilano, director of the Oblates of St. Joseph, Laflin, leads Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Scranton John Dougherty, D.D., rear center, down the aisle at the Oblates Chapel to celebrate St. Joseph the Worker on Labor Day. - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Approximately 225 people attended Mass at the Oblates of St. Joseph on Labor Day morning to honor St. Joseph the Worker. - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
The choir, along with organist Joanie Saia, was on hand for the annual Mass to honor St. Joseph the Worker at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Laflin. - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
John Doughtery, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Scranton, was the celebrant of the Mass to honor St. Joseph the Worker. - - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Oblates of St. Joseph director Fr. Joseph Sibilano hands out bread buns after the Mass to honor St. Joseph the Worker. - - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

LAFLIN — In a response to Communists celebrating workers on May Day (May 1 each year), Pope Pius XII created the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker in 1955, a tradition that continues today.

Each year, the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary on Route 315 honors St. Joseph the Worker with a special Mass on Labor Day. Joining the celebration this year was Diocese of Scranton’s Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, the Most Rev. John M. Dougherty, D.D.

This was not Bishop Dougherty’s first trip to the Oblates for the Labor Day Mass. “I’m always pleased to come on Fr. Sibilano’s invitation to honor the patron saint,” Dougherty said. Bishop Dougherty was the official celebrant of the Mass.

The feast honors St. Joseph, a carpenter by trade and foster father of Jesus, who is associated with labor, so it is fitting he is honored on the United States’ national holiday of Labor Day.

Rev. Joseph Sibilano, director of the Oblates of St. Joseph, hosts the yearly Mass celebrating the worker. St. Joseph is the patron saint of the Oblates.

A full choir was on hand for the service as approximately 225 people attended the 11 a.m. Mass.

“I’ve been coming to the Oblates since I’m a little girl with my family as we would pray three days before the Labor Day Mass,” said Rosie Fasciana, of West Pittston. “We pray for the people who are working and the unemployed who need or are looking for a job.”

“My name is Joseph and Joseph is the patron saint of the worker and every year I come to pray for the employed and the unemployed and we can all come together to get everyone work,” said business owner Joe Valenti.

Members of the Knights of Columbus 498 of Pittston took part in the Mass, along with several Oblates priests, deacons and altar servers.

At the conclusion of the Mass, bread was distributed to those in attendance as a symbol of sustenance created by workers.

Following the service, food and beverages were offered to the choir and to those who helped with the Mass.

Rev. Fr. Joseph Sibilano, director of the Oblates of St. Joseph, Laflin, leads Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Scranton John Dougherty, D.D., rear center, down the aisle at the Oblates Chapel to celebrate St. Joseph the Worker on Labor Day.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Oblates1.jpgRev. Fr. Joseph Sibilano, director of the Oblates of St. Joseph, Laflin, leads Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Scranton John Dougherty, D.D., rear center, down the aisle at the Oblates Chapel to celebrate St. Joseph the Worker on Labor Day. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Approximately 225 people attended Mass at the Oblates of St. Joseph on Labor Day morning to honor St. Joseph the Worker.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Oblates2.jpgApproximately 225 people attended Mass at the Oblates of St. Joseph on Labor Day morning to honor St. Joseph the Worker. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

The choir, along with organist Joanie Saia, was on hand for the annual Mass to honor St. Joseph the Worker at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Laflin.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Oblates3.jpgThe choir, along with organist Joanie Saia, was on hand for the annual Mass to honor St. Joseph the Worker at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Laflin. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

John Doughtery, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Scranton, was the celebrant of the Mass to honor St. Joseph the Worker.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Oblates4.jpgJohn Doughtery, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Scranton, was the celebrant of the Mass to honor St. Joseph the Worker. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Oblates of St. Joseph director Fr. Joseph Sibilano hands out bread buns after the Mass to honor St. Joseph the Worker.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Oblates5.jpgOblates of St. Joseph director Fr. Joseph Sibilano hands out bread buns after the Mass to honor St. Joseph the Worker. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Annual Labor Day event held at Oblates of St. Joseph

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